“That’s not how you use it,” my daughter informed me.
I caught her eye roll.
“What do you mean? I know how to use them. Dad understands me. We send emoji back and forth all the time,” I argued back.
I guess there is some unwritten – or maybe written in text somewhere – code for emoji use.
I haven’t read it.
I simply pick a symbol, press the cute little picture, then send.
And then I smile.
It’s that easy.
But my daughter’s approach to emojis is different.
Sometimes it’s like that in our spiritual walk.
Others simply don’t understand our decisions when following God.
They may question why we’re doing “A” when “B” seems more logical.
They may disagree with our plans altogether.
Or, our decision to follow God may upset their applecart of plans for life.
As we’re growing spiritually, there will likely be questions and uncertain times. We’ll teeter on the verge of pleasing man while knowing God’s plan is different. It’ll be the spiritual version of the emoji all over.
May I encourage us both? God doesn’t always make sense. His ways are not man’s ways. That’s good because His are far beyond what we can imagine.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. IS 55:8 NLT
If we keep in front of us “Who” has the plans, and continue to keep our eyes set on the Lord Almighty, our steps will be solid.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11 NLT
After all, a future and hope await.
So whether we use 1 emoji or 3, whether our emoji usage makes sense to others or not, let’s go ahead and press those cute little pandas and send away. Likewise, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and walk accordingly. Those steps may not fit our friends’ or family’s plans for us, but they do fit the One who know the plans.
Be encouraged as you trust in Jesus.